If you’re searching for ghost towns in New Hampshire, we’ve got you covered! Below are 10 different ghost towns you can explore across New Hampshire along with their status and exact GPS coordinates.
We rate ghost towns in New Hampshire based on their status. Here’s how our system works:
- Abandoned: Is abandoned with ruins and structures in a decayed state. Great for urban explorers.
- Historic: Preservation efforts have been made and sometimes plaques installed. Great for everyone.
- Barren: Almost nothing remains of the town. Ideal for metal detectorists.
- Commercial: Is commercially owned with amenities, restaurants, and stores. Great for families.
- Semi-Abandoned: Abandoned areas with a small population in the area.
- Privately Owned: Tours might be available but not open to the general public.
1. Beebe River
Beebe River is one of the first places on our list of ghost towns in New Hampshire. The small village was a logging community located right on the river near Black Mountain Pond. The village eventually turned into a industrial community until it was abandoned sometime in the early 1900s.
Today nothing but ruins remain, however, this is one of the few ghost towns in New Hampshire that is an official camp site. So don’t forget your tent!
2. East Weare
East Weare was a small town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. It contained about 60 people, primarily farmers. The town had a post office, church, and grocery store. Other amenities included a train depot. There was also a blacksmith shop and lumber mill.
The town of East Weare, New Hampshire, was completely inundated by water. This was because the Everett Dam, a flood control reservoir built by the Army Corps of Engineers, was built in 1962.
The dam submerged any remains of the old town. However, urban explorers can still check out the local cemetery if they’re in the area.
The town was first granted in 1774 and contains 26,911 acres. The area was never heavily populated with only 19 residents living in the area in 1856.
Today, Killkenny has no inhabitants, but there area where the town once stood can be accessed via the York Poind East Trailhead.
The town of Livermore was once a thriving lumber town. The Saunders brothers established the town and began logging there in 1872. In addition to logging, Livermore was also bounded by the Sawyer River Railroad. The Saunders brothers had a mill and a train, and they used this railway to transport workers to the surrounding areas.
The Saunders Brothers also built a school and a company store. The lumber industry flourished in Livermore, but it was not long before it was abandoned.
Nothing remains of the town today, although vigilant visitors might be able to find relics along the Sawyer River where the town once stood.
Monson was incorporated all the way back in 1746, making it one of the oldest ghost towns in New Hampshire. The village new really grew beyond 15 families and was eventually abandoned in 1770 due to hardships and poor farming conditions.
Today the area is now a park, although sadly almost nothing remains of the village.
Francestown was first incorporated in 1772. It was named after Frances Wentworth Deering, the first wife of New Hampshire Governor John Wentworth. Frances Deering Wentworth married John Wentworth just ten days after her first husband died.
Their marriage lasted three years, and they eventually moved to exile. The town was located on the Second New Hampshire Turnpike, the only through route between Boston and Vermont.
The town collected a penny per mile from traveling coaches. It also had a high-quality soapstone quarry. However, this was stopped after the company ran into legal issues.
There are many historic structures still standing in Francetown, with many renovations and projects taking place. Unlike other ghost towns in New Hampshire, the remaining residents are keeping the history of their little town alive.
Zealand was a small community that formed in 1880. The town would supply the two logging railroads in the area. Logging was big business in the late 1800s, and the town was quick to install a 200 horsepower steam sawmill to ramp up production.
The mass clearcutting of quality lumber eventually led to the communities downfall, with the post office packing up shop in 1897.
Today virtually nothing is left behind, however a clearing where the town once stood can be hiked and even camped at.
8. Freetown Mill Site Ruins
This small 1700s town was once home to a thriving mill, which was powered by two steam engines and employed about 10 local workers. It’s not clear why the mill was abandoned.
You can find the mill’s ruins within a short drive of highway 101. Its a quick stop with not a whole lot to see, so check it out if you’re nearby!
This town’s history goes back to the Civil War, when much of Roxbury was abandoned, and a large percentage of the town’s male population died in the conflict. After the Civil War, many Roxbury residents migrated to mill villages or the Midwest.
Very little remains of Roxbury other than stone foundations and some ruins along the trails in the area.
Go out and explore!
That concludes our list of ghost towns in New Hampshire but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to find. Take the back roads, follow train tracks, and find some places for yourself. There are plenty of places I kept off this list so get out there and explore.